Three new areas of Edinburgh set to be slapped with parking controls costing up to £1,200 a year per home


ANOTHER three areas of Edinburgh are set to be hit with parking controls that could cost residents hundreds of pounds a year.

The council is targeting Leith, Gorgie and Shandon to become Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs).

Anyone parking on the street will have to buy a permit or pay and display.

Permits currently cost between £72 and £524 for a single car depending on how polluting the vehicle is.

Leith is among the areas set to be hit by the new parking restrictions

Two car homes are charged between £92 to £661 for a second vehicle.

The proposed change means some two car homes will have to find almost £1,200 a year to park on the street.

The changes will be considered by councillors this week but it is not clear when they will be introduced, if approved.

Transport Convener Councillor Lesley Macinnes defended the extension of CPZs, saying they were responding to the concern of residents.

She said many residents wanted help to reduce the impact of non-residential parking in their areas.

She said: “We have been able to identify the areas most in need if restrictions. The introduction of new CPZs will be extremely beneficial to managing parking pressures.

“Not only do these controls help residents to park near their homes, but they can encourage those travelling into and around the city to consider alternative, sustainable modes of transport.”

On Thursday, committee members will also be asked to agree proposals to commence the legal process for introducing limited parking controls in Sighthill Industrial Estate to help manage parking demand there.

The full report can be read here Strategic Review of Parking – Results of Phase 1 Consultation and General Update and you can watch proceedings here Transport and Environment Committee live via webcast from 10am on Thursday, 28 January 2021.